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Head’s Lines: Welcome back to school

08 January 2018

Mr. Paul welcomes new families to the St Andrews International School Bangkok community and gives a run-down on upcoming events including Fun Day, residential trips and mock exams.

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Welcome back to school

I trust everyone has had a wonderful holiday and is feeling relaxed and looking forward to the start of our second term. I would like to welcome the 16 new families who are joining our school community this term. If there is anything we can do to help you and your children settle into life within our school community, please contact our office or admissions staff or your child’s class teacher or tutor. Our PTG is also a great source of information and support, so please come along and meet this dedicated group of parents who devote so much time and work to all our school activities and meetings. In fact, PTG meetings are a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other parents who will help you to feel at home and settled.

I would like to thank all our music staff for the fantastic Christmas music concerts they put on with performances from children and students all across the school. They were extraordinary events and a real celebration of all the progress our students have achieved in their music lessons during Term 1.

This second term is full of things to get involved in with the extra-curricular programmes beginning next week on Monday 15 January 2018 and Saturday clubs starting on Saturday 13 January. Lots of children have already signed up, and everyone should be aware of what ECAs their children have.

Fun Day

On Saturday 3 February our school will hold its annual Fun Day at the Primary School. The PTG has been hard at work along with our Estates staff to make this great event as successful as other years. Please keep a look out for all the information about how you can get involved in this event and put the date in your diary so you can come along and enjoy this amazing day of community at school.

Residential Visits this term

This term, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their residential visits which should be a challenging but very exciting experience for all involved. I know lots of preparations have already been made to make the following trips really memorable and insightful for all our primary children:

  • Year 3 trip to iCamp, Kanchanaburi on 1-2 Feb. 18

  • Year 4 trip to Evason, Hua Hin (Pranburi) on 7-9 Feb 18

  • Year 5 trip to Kaeng Krachan on 20-23 Mar 18

  • Year 6 trip to Rayong on 12-16 Feb. 18

The High School residential visits will take place from Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January. These are fantastic trips where our High School students undertake challenging experiences across a wide range of places within Thailand and beyond. Participants will not only get the opportunity to get to know their peers within their year groups, but also see their teachers and tutors in a different light. There is clearly a lot of hard work that goes on throughout this week, but it is a very worthwhile experience for all.

High School Year groups will be visiting the following places:

  • Year 7 - iCamp in Kanchanaburi

  • Year 8 - Pranburi in Hua Hin

  • Year 9 - Pung Waan Resort in Kanchanaburi

  • Year 10 - Muang Khong, ”Nong Bua” base camp in Chiang Mai

  • Year 12 - Mai Chau Eco-lodge in Vietnam

External Examinations

While most of High School will be enjoying their time away on residential trips, Year 11 and Year 13 students will be sitting mock examinations.

Year 11 have been studying a wide range of IGCSE courses for the last 18 months and will sit their final external examinations in May and June 2018. These are British-based courses following a set programme of study which then has examinations papers sent from and returned to the UK to be marked by external examiners.

Our Year 13 students, our Graduation Class of 2018, have been studying a wide range of courses, many of which are International Baccalaureate courses. The International Baccalaureate Organisation has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and sets and marks the external exams for each of their courses making up their full IB Diploma. Our senior class, along with Year 11, will be sitting their mock exams during the residential week. This mock examination period is an excellent experience for them all to go through, giving them the chance to anticipate the exam pressures they will be under. The results from these exams will go a long way in helping our Year 11 and 13 students achieve outstanding scores for their actual final exams later in Term 3.

For parents who have any enquiries about Primary School, please contact officeps@standrews.ac.th">officeps@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 381-2387-8

For parents with enquiries about High School, please contact officehs@standrews.ac.th">officehs@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 056-9555

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